Parents' Guide to

American Fighter

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Action movie with MMA violence, drinking, racial slurs.

Movie R 2019 98 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Pretty good movie

Parents there is alot of cleavage throughout the movie from college students to bartenders and waiters including posters with women in bikinis not just what it shows under sex and nudity there is alot more

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The cheesy action movie cliches don't quite prevent this from being an enjoyable action movie. American Fighter is the story of a young Iranian American named Ali in 1981 who enters the world of underground fighting in order to rescue his dying mother from Iran. This central story creates enough sympathy and willingness to root for Ali that it overcomes the movie's lesser qualities. Among these lesser qualities are character types we've seen so many times before, such as the unscrupulous promoter, and the seemingly washed-up drunk fighter who still has a gift for teaching younger fighters, no matter how much the booze and the beatings have taken their toll on his brain and body. There are also the expected montage scenes of Ali kicking butt before his own butt gets kicked, and the "comeback trail" montage with Ali training hard and learning new ways to fight that were previously outside of his wheelhouse.

But this kind of cheese is to be expected in movies such as these, and Tommy Flanagan brings the expected Scottish panache (read: a brogue and whiskey) to the role of McClellen, the unscrupulous promoter, and Sean Patrick Flanery holds his own as the washed-up drunken trainer. As Ali, George Kosturos has just enough acting ability to balance the emotional range of what's at stake for this character as he both tries to rescue his mother and date a nice girl in college. This movie isn't going to win any awards, but for an action movie with "scrappy underdog"/comeback kid" elements, it's pretty good.

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